Dead Bigfoot: A True Story Reviewed

Posted by: Lyle Blackburn on December 23rd, 2013

If you follow bigfoot research, you’ve no doubt heard the controversial name of Justin Smeja.  Smeja is, of course, the bear hunter who claims to have shot and killed a juvenile sasquatch in the Sierra mountains in 2010.  Since coming forward, his story has been widely spread on the internet (through both interviews and a small documentary), and lately featured in several television shows including Bigfoot: The New Evidence.  The DNA evidence has been analyzed, but still the question remains: did Smeja actually kill a bigfoot?

These type of stories tend to polarize the bigfoot community as researchers struggle to sort out the truth.  In an effort to do just that, bigfoot researcher and independent filmmaker, Ro Sahebi, in association with The Sierras Evidence Initiative, has created a new feature documentary titled Dead Bigfoot: A True Story.  In the doc, Sahebi interviews the witnesses, initiates a polygraph test, and takes a look at the various shreds of evidence that have thus far been presented.

As part of the investigation, Sahebi interviews Smeja at length, asking him to take us step-by-step through what allegedly happened.  Sahebi also interviews the “Driver,” the second participant in the “shooting.”  This is significant, since this is the Driver’s first taped interview, although he still chooses to remain anonymous by not showing his full face or giving his name.  But regardless, hearing his side certainly provides a better perspective on the whole story.  Sahebi also returns to the “kill site” along with Smeja and bigfoot researchers, Bart Cutino and Sanh Oriyavong, to tape a recreation of the event.  In the process, they end up experiencing something strange.

Dead Bigfoot is a solid piece of documentary film work that brings the whole incident under scrutiny.  The presentation is engaging and does a good job of presenting the facts, allowing both Smeja and the Driver to tell their full stories.  No matter which side you take in this controversial case, Dead Bigfoot is undoubtedly the most comprehensive examination to date.

For more info about the documentary, visit

Dead Bigfoot: A True Story
Presented by
In Association with The Sierras Evidence Initiative
Starring Justin Smeja, The Driver, Bart Cutino, Ro Sahebi and Sanh Oriyavong
Written and Directed by Ro Sahebi

Lyle Blackburn About Lyle Blackburn
Lyle Blackburn is an author, musician, and cryptid researcher from Texas. His investigative cryptozoology books, such as “The Beast of Boggy Creek,” “Beyond Boggy Creek,” and “Lizard Man,” reflect his life-long fascination with legends and sighting reports of unknown creatures. During his research, Lyle has often explored the remote reaches of the southern U.S. in search of shadowy beasts said to inhabit the dense backwoods and swamplands of these areas. Lyle has been heard on numerous radio programs, including Coast To Coast AM, and has appeared on television shows such as Monsters and Mysteries in America and Finding Bigfoot. Lyle is also a writer for the monthly horror magazine, Rue Morgue, and was recently featured in the documentary film, Boggy Creek Monster. For more information, visit Lyle's website at:

3 Responses to “Dead Bigfoot: A True Story Reviewed”

  1. Saruotoko85 responds:

    I would love to see this!

  2. Jonathan Poulsen responds:

    If he indeed killed one or more sasquatch as he claims, one must ask themselves: Where are the bodies? A body is undeniable proof of this creature’s existence.

  3. Kopite responds:

    I don’t buy Smeja’s story at all. It’s one thing for somebody to have a brief sighting in the woods and not have anything to show for it but for Smeja to claim that not only did he shoot a bigfoot but actually held it in his hands…….yet not even one photograph nevermind a hair or body part, even thought he’s a hunter well used to carving up creatures. It smacks of a tall take to me, and I’m convinced these creatures actually exist. Why is there absolutely NOTHING to show for Smeja’s claim?

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